While we can’t hold our events during the lock-down, we’re taking a look at some of our members fashion stories:
Today we hear from volunteer Millie:
1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, what do you do and where do you live?
I am a Psychology Master’s student living in York, but I lived in Leeds for 3 years whilst studying Human Geography.
2. When did you start swapping and why?
I started swapping about a year ago after I discovered the LCCE on Facebook. Since then I have tried to volunteer there every month. Clothing exchanges are such great projects – it’s really important to recycle clothing and to avoid fast fashion, because it causes so much damage to the planet and workers’ rights. I have always loved finding secondhand gems. There’s something very special about gaining a new item that comes with a history (and a very reasonable price)!
3. Where are your favourite sustainable places to shop / swap / thrift?
I am obsessed with charity shopping, I really miss them during this lockdown! I also shop on Ebay and Depop to avoid highstreet retailers. I am in fact so obsessed that I now track down secondhand clothing to sell on my depop account to encourage others to buy clothing sustainably. Everything I sell is posted in recycled and biodegradable packaging. Aside from this, Lucy and Yak is my all time favourite shop. They sell beautiful, colourful clothes that are made from sustainable fabrics (like organic cotton) and produced under ethical working conditions.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
Colourful and bohemain. You’ll most likely find me in dungarees and docs.
5. What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
My most treasured item is a funky purple knit jumper that my grandma knitted for my mum when she was my age. She was such a talented knitter and no one else in the world will have the same one!
6. What’s your best exchange find?
This is a hard question because I’ve found something great every time! It would either be a silk oriental style top (shown in one of the photos) or a red vintage raincoat with a gorgeous patterned lining.
7. Do you have any fashion regrets?
Not discovering clothing exchanges sooner!
8. If someone is wanting to get into sustainable fashion, what tips would you give them?
Research if there are any clothing exchanges available in your area and if not then consider starting your own! Even if this is just on a small scale with your friends, it’s a great way to get new items without hurting the planet. You’d also be surprised how many amazing items you find in charity shops. If you want to shop online then Ebay and Depop are fab, providing that you use the filters to find the items and price that’s right for you. These apps are also offering a home courier service at the moment, so that sellers don’t make trips to the post office. This means that it’s a safer way to shop given the circumstances, whilst still supporting independent sellers 🙂
Follow Millie on Instagram @emiliatroup
If you would like to submit your own fashion story, complete the form here